Southern Comfort Zone

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cozy Knitwear

For those of us spending the winter in New York, cozy clothes are essential. West Coast brand Marine Layer prides themselves on their “absurdly soft” shirts. “Fabric has been core to our company,” says cofounder Mike Natenshon, who sought to recreate the feel of a well-worn shirt. “That is what pushed us to develop a new, softer yarn as a traditional cotton didn’t really cut it.” The brand features men’s, women’s and kids’ clothes, as well as a new sport line coming out in early February. Marine Layer has also partnered with the National Parks Foundation to raise money through its “Charitees” program—$15 from the sale of each National Parks T-shirt goes to the foundation.


Brands that Care

Raven + Lily is an Austin-based B Corporation—meaning it has reached rigorous standards of social and environmental performance—that employs female artisans worldwide. Founded by Kristin Dickerson, Raven + Lily provides fair-wage employment to its artisans to alleviate the cycle of poverty. The company reinvests all of its profits into its social mission—to empower marginalized women through design by providing them with a sustainable income, to launch new partnerships, and to fund community education and healthcare needs. Check them out at the Maiyet Collective in SoHo.


Fashionable Hair

Frizzy hair, be gone! New York favorite salon Paul Labrecque will open in Royal Poinciana Plaza in January, ready to banish the havoc that South Florida humidity can wreak on hair. “The salon will be a true luxury oasis where people can relax and get beautified,” says co-owner Brian Cantor. “Royal Poinciana Plaza is the most beautiful property. It’s situated right on the Intercostal, and our salon overlooks this amazing garden.” Though the space is smaller than the one in the city, guests can expect the same quality of service, with a lineup of products, nails and skin care treatments.


A New Pair

Just because boots were made for walking doesn’t mean that slippers were made for snoozing, especially if they look as fun as these. Also coming to Royal Poinciana Plaza this season is preppy contemporary brand Cremieux. In celebration of its first Palm Beach shop, they’ve debuted the Palm Beach Slipper. In heather gray—to contrast with South Florida’s blue skies, no doubt—the slippers feature palm trees and surfboards, combining the style of St. Tropez with the spirit of Palm Beach.


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